Moyes seeks a cure to Everton's leaky defence
Saturday 12 February 2011
David Moyes has decisions to make at both ends of the pitch ahead of tomorrow's trip to Bolton. Louis Saha is sidelined while Phil Jagielka is set for a recall as the Everton manager seeks to plug the holes in his leaky defence.
A surge of form by Saha – including a four-goal haul in last week's thrilling 5-3 win over Blackpool – appeared to have put an end to Everton's goalscoring problems. But with the Frenchman having now suffered an injury which rules him out of the game at the Reebok, Moyes will have to make a change.
The manager must also address the issue of a defence which has not kept a clean sheet for 10 games. Moyes said: "I like to score – I am a supporter as well – I like to see goals in action. But when you are the manager and do the work – I look at the defensive mistakes we made in the last game and I can't take pride in that. Yes I scored five, but I conceded three so I have to do something about the bit that didn't go well. Scoring the goals was great but the bit that didn't go well was the conceding. Over the years we have been renowned for keeping it tight defensively."
One change Moyes could make at the back would be to restore the England defender Jagielka, who after a spell out with a thigh injury has come off the bench in the last two games.
Saha's place is likely to go to Jermaine Beckford, who now appears to be finding his feet at Goodison Park after a difficult start following his summer move from Leeds.
Beckford had to wait three months for his first Premier League goal but has now struck three times in his last six games, including one in the FA Cup. Saha, after scoring eight goals in six appearances, suffered a hamstring injury this week that is likely to sideline him for 10-14 days.
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